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Another list of ALEC members was recently obtained, showing more Utah lawmakers who are part of the secretive, corporate-backed organization which is making its way into the news more often lately, most recently over the weekend on Netflix's @patriotact
This new list was members of ALEC's task force on "Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development." Utah members include:
- Speaker Brad Wilson
- Senators Dan Hemmert, Jerry Stevenson, Gregg Buxton, Don Ipson, & Jacob Anderegg
- Rep Kirk Cullimore
The infamous former Rep. Jon Standard was also a legislative member before his not-so-graceful exit from the #utleg last year.…
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I am in federal court for a pre-trial hearing for Rick Koerber, who was convicted in one of Utah's biggest fraud cases. He was ordered to surrender to U.S. Marshals 15 minutes prior to the hearing on a pre-trial release violation.

Some background:… #utpol
Koerber arrived with 4 minutes to spare and told me he had no comment. In court, Judge Warner ordered him brought up. Koerber is now in shackles.

"Your honor, can we remove the shackles?" his lawyer asks.

"No," the judge says. @fox13 #utpol
Judge Warner is getting into the meat of the hearing. Here's what the feds allege Koerber has done to violate the terms of his release. @fox13 #utpol
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San Juan County Commissioner Bruce Adams just introduced resolutions in support of the Kayenta Coal Mine on Black Mesa and in support of the Navajo Generating Station in Ariz., which is scheduled to be decommissioned. Adams cites employment opportunities for SJC residents.
Commissioner Kenneth Maryboy just introduced a resolution to have San Juan County bring in outside counsel to sue its own attorney, Kendall Laws, for "failure to comply with the lawful directives of the county" related #BearsEars and other issues. #utpol…
A second resolution from Maryboy would request the State Auditor to review the county's legal contracts and invoices accrued under the previous county commission.
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An absolutely PACKED room for the hearing on the bill to ban conversion therapy in Utah. I first reported on it here:… @fox13 #utpol #utleg #LGBTQ
BTW, the @LDSchurch (as you know, a powerful influence in the #utleg) has said it will NOT oppose the bill. @Diocese_of_SLC says it has no position on the bill:… @fox13 #utpol #LGBTQ
The committee room is packed with social conservatives, #LGBTQ rights groups and some conversion therapy survivors. So look for this to get interesting:… @fox13 #utpol #utleg
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FACT: Suicide is the number one cause of death of all #Utah youth; this is not the case nationally. More alarming, the teen suicide rate in Utah has doubled since 2011. #LGBT #UTpol #LDS #Mormon #BYU
Another Fact: Teen suicide is lower when there is an #LGBTQ supportive environment. #Utah is notorious for its lack of support for and acceptance of the #LGBT community. #LDS #Mormon #UTpol #BYU
Relatedly, studies show that in areas where homosexuality is tolerated, mental health outcomes for #LGBTQ are the same as non-LGBTQ people. Elevated risk of suicide correlates w/ elevated risk of mental illness that is prevalent among LGBTs living in areas hostile to them.
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The #utleg's interim committee is hearing about implementing medical marijuana legislation passed earlier this year, and the potential impact of the ballot initiative. @fox13 #utpol
.@UTagandfood is up, saying implementation of some provisions of ballot initiative may be difficult ti implement if it were to pass. They also have some concerns about bills #utleg passed. @fox13 #utpol
.@braddaw throws out there that ultimately, CBD will be available over-the-counter at Walgreens, but maybe not under the ballot initiative. @UTagandfood says it doesn't have ability to check labs to ensure "best practices" in the initiative. @fox13 #utpol
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WATCH LIVE: Major speech on public lands policy at @SutherlandInst: “Federal Lands and Royal Forests."… #utpol #SIPublicLands
How did it come to pass that nearly half of the land in the West is owned by the federal government, compared to just 5 percent of the land in the East? #utpol #SIPublicLands
Throughout the 19th century, Lawmakers sought to facilitate expansion of the nation by acquiring land—and then transferring it to the people, so they could live out their lives as responsible citizens of the republic. #utpol #SIPublicLands
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@ThisAmerLife had an EXCELLENT episode on the @DCCC and the way they select candidates. As a robotics engineer who ran for Congress and lost the nomination, I feel like I can add to this conversation. 1/15

#TheResistance #RebelScum #utpol…
Before I get started, there will be those who will want to turn this into a Bernie vs Hillary thing, so let me preempt that by saying that isn't the point of this thread. This thread isn't about issues or purity tests, this is about strategy and missed opportunities. 2/15
When I got in the race 14 months ago, it was a field of 3 including me. The others were similar to me - they were concerned citizens who had never before held elected office. All of us showed up to every rally, every activist gathering, and ended up becoming close friends. 3/15
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How very interesting.
What a wonderful Christmas gift for these hardworking employees. #TaxReform
Excellent news for the several hundred Utahns employed by Boeing. #TaxReform #utpol
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While UT fought #opioid epidemic, @SenOrrinHatch enabled it from DC. Here’s why it's personal for me. 1/11 #utpol…
This isn't the first time @SenOrrinHatch has played politics with Americans' health, especially in Utah. 2/11
In 2016, @SenOrrinHatch, who received almost $180K in drug industry donations, led the way in hobbling the DEA's 3/11
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